Jason Plato set the pace in the first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship free practice session at Thruxton this morning, but then crashed at the Club chicane, causing the session to be red flagged.
The Team BMR driver set a time of 1.17.575, seven hundredths ahead of BMW's Andy Priaulx, but then got a puncture heading for the final chicane and, once on the slippery grass on the outside of the corner, slid helplessly to wards the barrier.
Jason Plato took his first race win as a Volkswagen driver, with victory in the fourth round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park.
Former Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champions Matt Neal, Jason Plato, Andrew Jordan, Robb Gravett and Tim Harvey have all signed up to take part in the Gerry Marshall Trophy race as part of this month's 73rd Goodwood Members Meeting.
Two days of testing ahead of the start of the new Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season have taken place at Thruxton in Hampshire, with many of the top teams taking the rare opportunity to test at the country's fastest circuit.
Jason Plato admits he's hungry to win another Championship title after joining Team BMR alongside Colin Turkington for the 2015 season.